It’s Boiler Wash Time!

We have many people ask what happens when 1702 is not operating, here is your answer!

An important step each month in the caring for a steam locomotive is a boiler wash. Having a regularly scheduled boiler wash ensures that a locomotive boiler is free from all corrosion and scaling, which if left uncleaned could over time deteriorate the boiler and lead to damage.

The first steps in a boiler wash are emptying the boiler and removing the brass washout plugs. High-pressure water is then sprayed through special tools to clean the interior of the boiler and smokebox. It is not a clean job, but our steam guys love taking care of 1702.

A new tool box was added to the front of the tender last week, this will help with in-cab-maintenance/repairs while the locomotive is in motion.  1702 is scheduled to run the Tuckasegee River Excursion on July 6th, come take a ride or stop by and say hello!

Check out the steam schedule by clicking HERE!

2 responses

  1. Gentlemen… Thank You for all your hard work. We the general public appreciate it as you are keeping the old girl and history alive and well. I’m looking fwd to seeing the 722 rebuilt, up and running.

  2. Richard Schaddelee | Reply

    Keep taking care of 1702.

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